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Photo: Chuck Kennedy for Axios

How is increasing access to information and misinformation impacting our culture, society, and politics? Axios' Mike Allen digs in with four leading experts:

  • Jim Bankoff, Chairman and CEO, Vox Media
  • Jean Case, CEO, The Case Foundation
  • Steve Kornacki, National Political Correspondent, NBC News and MSNBC
  • Bradley Whitford, Actor and Political Activist

Thank you Charter Communications for sponsoring this event.

Mike Allen explains that Axios events communicate complicated ideas in the same "Smart Brevity" format you see on our site. Photo: Chuck Kennedy for Axios
In media, "we do not want to become the thing that we are disrupting...have to be willing to change." - Jim Bankoff, CEO Vox Media. Photo: Chuck Kennedy for Axios
"The human soul yearns for community" - Jean Case. Photo: Chuck Kennedy for Axios
Over 130 guests getting smarter faster. Photo: Chuck Kennedy for Axios
Mike and Steve Kornacki discuss how fake news is impacting our elections. Photo: Chuck Kennedy for Axios
Bradley Whitford, also known as The West Wing's Josh Lyman, explains how his role inspired young people to get involved in politics. Photo: Chuck Kennedy for Axios
Sweet and savory foods mirror the pros and cons of increased access. Photo: Chuck Kennedy for Axios

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Scoop: Gina Haspel threatened to resign over plan to install Kash Patel as CIA deputy

CIA Director Gina Haspel. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

CIA Director Gina Haspel threatened to resign in early December after President Trump cooked up a hasty plan to install loyalist Kash Patel, a former aide to Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), as her deputy, according to three senior administration officials with direct knowledge of the matter.

Why it matters: The revelation stunned national security officials and almost blew up the leadership of the world's most powerful spy agency. Only a series of coincidences — and last minute interventions from Vice President Mike Pence and White House counsel Pat Cipollone — stopped it.

Updated 8 hours ago - Politics & Policy

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Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

  1. Health: Coronavirus deaths reach 4,000 per day as hospitals remain in crisis mode — CDC warns highly transmissible coronavirus variant could become dominant in U.S. in March.
  2. Politics: Biden says, "We will manage the hell out of" vaccine distribution — Biden taps ex-FDA chief to lead Operation Warp Speed amid rollout of COVID plan — Widow of GOP congressman-elect who died of COVID-19 will run to fill his seat.
  3. Vaccine: Battling Black mistrust of the vaccines"Pharmacy deserts" could become vaccine deserts — Instacart to give $25 to shoppers who get vaccine.
  4. Economy: Unemployment filings explode againFed chair: No interest rate hike coming any time soon —  Inflation rose more than expected in December.
  5. World: WHO team arrives in China to investigate pandemic origins.

John Weaver, Lincoln Project co-founder, acknowledges “inappropriate” messages

John Weaver aboard John McCain's campaign plane in February 2000. Photo: Robert Schmidt/AFP via Getty Images)

John Weaver, a veteran Republican operative who co-founded the Lincoln Project, declared in a statement to Axios on Friday that he sent “inappropriate,” sexually charged messages to multiple men.

  • “To the men I made uncomfortable through my messages that I viewed as consensual mutual conversations at the time: I am truly sorry. They were inappropriate and it was because of my failings that this discomfort was brought on you,” Weaver said.
  • “The truth is that I'm gay,” he added. “And that I have a wife and two kids who I love. My inability to reconcile those two truths has led to this agonizing place.”

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